Local Party Treasurer

Find information on the role and responsibilities of a Local Party Treasurer here.

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What's the role?

Time: around 2 hours per week (dependent on the electoral cycle)

The Treasurer's role is to have strategic ownership of expenditure and income, such as preparing budgets and financial targets for discussion by others and advising on the implications of spending decisions.

The treasurer is also responsible for the practical side of managing the local party's finances, such as paying in bills, managing the payroll (if your local party has staff), and producing financial reports. 

This page contains practical guidance on the standard tasks that each treasurer should be doing, along with resources and instructional videos to help you in your role.

Key tasks

The Treasurer is one of the key roles of any local party. Along with the Chair, you are one of two signatories on the local party, and have direct responsibility and accountability for its activities.

  • Prepare a budget for the year.
  • Prepare reports for monthly or bi-monthly Executive Meetings, regarding account, income and expenditure.
  • Submit monthly donation reports to the national party in accordance with PPERA rules.
  • Complete end of year accounts, and submit them to Party HQ.
  • Ahead of elections, work with the campaign team and the Agent to agree budgets for the Agent to stick to during the campaign. The Agent is responsible for campaign spending during the campaign.
  • Be responsible for any banking requirements.
  • Processing payroll and pensions for any Local Party employees.

Help & support 

Skills & attributes

  • Capable of handling figures.
  • Have experience of handling budgets and controlling finances.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Able to understand regulations.

How to apply

It is a constitutional requirement for each local party to have a Treasurer.

Treasurers are elected each year at your local party's AGM.

Any member of your local party can stand to be the Treasurer. 

Further resources

For the Local Party Treasurer

To access these resources, you will need to be a member of the Campaigns hub, if you aren’t already you can join here.

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